Staying Cool

Seattle is hot and hazy!  Hope you’re staying cool and healthy in the midst of this heat wave and  the current unhealthy air quality index due to wildfires in British Columbia.  If you’re like me and live in a house/unit without air conditioning, you may be having some trouble deciding whether or not to keep the windows open despite recommendations to prevent too much exposure to polluted air.

I encourage you to listen to your body on these hot days.  Maybe your feeling zapped of energy and unproductive.  You may not feel as hungry, but are finding  you’re craving liquids.  Rest and hydrate, friends!  These are tough times!

Here are some recommendations on how to stay cool the next week:

  • Save strenuous movement/exercise for early morning or evening hours
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to ensure cold water is readily available
  • Take a quick rinse in cold water after activity and before bed to help lower body temperature
  • Eat fresh fruits to aid in hydration
  • Hunker down and work at a cafe, coffee shop, or bar with air conditioning
  • Open windows in early evening to begin circulating air in time for bed
  • Cook on the grill instead of the oven to keep house cool
  • Go swimming or take a cold bath
  • Wear lightweight clothes
  • Apply and reapply sunscreen when outdoors
  • Ensure pets have plenty of water and shade
  • Choose leisure activities that require less energy
  • Find outings/activities that take place in air-conditioned buildings
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About Devon Dodgson

As a past Pacific Coast Harvest customer, and current Pacific Coast Harvest contributor, Devon shares recipes and wellness content to benefit the families we serve speaking as someone who’s “been there, done that”. Devon teaches music lessons, raises chickens with her husband, and loves cooking for family and friends.